If you have a friend or family member who is currently being detained at one of the San Diego jails, you may want to take note of the following change.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department has said that snail mail in letter form will no longer be accepted as of Sept. 1, 2012. Letters received on or after that point will be returned to the original sender. Email correspondence will still be permitted.
A spokesperson for the San Diego jails said if you wish to send a written note to an inmate, it will need to be in postcard form, and it will need to be rectangular in shape. They will also need to measure between 5 and 6 inches wide and 3.5 and 4.5 inches tall. Postcards which do not meet these specifications will be returned to their original sender.
Messages will need to be written in either pen or pencil. Postcards which appear to be stained, marked with crayon, make up or other unknown substances will not be accepted. Messages must not contain references to gang signs, symbols and must not contain drawings depicting nudity.
The San Diego Union Tribune has reported the change was implemented to deter friends or family members from attempting to send contraband, weapons or drugs to persons currently in custody. Persons wishing to learn more about the change are encouraged to check out the San Diego jails website.